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    SCBG also attracts many foreign celebrities to pay a visit. As early as 1964, the King Muhammad C. Shan & the Queen Homaira C. Shah of Afghanistan visited SCBG and planted a tree named Homalium hainanensis Gagnep. Later on, the Chairman & Lady of Cambodia, Prince S. P. Norodom Sihanouk & the Princess Monick Sihanoul in 1986, Mr. Li Guang-yao, the former Premier of the Republic of Singapore in 1992, and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand in 2003 visited SCBG and conducted an activity of planting a tree.

    In recent years, SCBG has further consolidated collaboration with Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Flora of Hong Kong, and Flora of Macau edited chiefly by SCBG's botanists, Flora of Thailand, Flora of Malaysia, and Flora of Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam co-edited by SCBG's botanists, are being composed, and many of them have been published. Since Checklist of Macau Plants, edited chiefly by SCBG's botanists, was published in 2004, SCBG has reached several frame protocols with Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) for the purpose of collaboration in the fields of resources, ecology and energy, including jointly constructing an urban forest and eco-environment research station. In December 2008, leading a scientific research team, Professor HUANG Hongwen, the director of South China Botanical Garden (SCBG), visited the Peruvian AmazonValley for plant resource collection and investigation, and signed an agreement on co-constructing long-term field research station with the NationalAgrarianUniversity - La Molina (UNALM).

    SCBG has all along conducted exchanges and cooperation with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, American Missouri Botanical Garden, and other internationally famous gardens. In recent years, SCBG has begun to collaborate intimately with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). In 2007, BGCI set up the China Program Office in SCBG in order to better serve Chinese plant conservation and to better carry out the related projects in China. On 26-27 February 2008, BGCI China Programme Workshop was held successfully in SCBG. This workshop was organized jointly by BGCI, State Forestry Administration, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and State Environmental Protection Administration. In May 2009, BGCI, Magnolia Society International (MSI) and SCBG signed the a cooperation greement establishing "World Magnolia Center" in SCBG. They promised to jointly support the center to carry out worldwide Magnoliaceae plant germplasm resources ex situ conservation studies through exchanging seedlings with Asian, American and Oceanian botanical gardens, farms and nurseries.

    On November 19-20, 2009, SCBG conducted an internationally strategic review. 11 international botanic garden professionals were invited to SCBG  to assess the recent progress of SCBG and to evaluate a draft ten-year strategic plan for the institution. The 11 international botanic garden experts are Dr. Peter H. Raven (director of Missouri Botanical Garden, USA), Ms. Sara Oldfield (secretary general of BGCI), Prof. Stephen Blackmore (director of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Britain), Dr. Philip Moors (director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Australia), Dr. Tim Entwisle (director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, Australia), , Dr. Mustaid Siregar (director of Bogor Botanic Gardens, Indonesia), Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson (director of National Botanic Gardens, Ireland ), Dr. Scot Medbury (director of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, USA), Dr. Pat Raven (Missouri Botanical Garden, USA), HE Shanan (honorary director of Nanjing Botanical Garden, China), and SHEN Yungang (Academician, Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology, CAS). The international strategic review was successfully held in SCBG, which settles a strong base for SCBG to conduct further international cooperation, and will increase its international involvement and continue to play a leading role in the world botanical garden community.